EarthTime  September 2014 
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We hope you enjoy the first issue of EarthTime, a monthly newsletter featuring the goings-on of Kairos Earth and Church of the Woods. 

In this issue: 
  • A Message from Steve 
  • What is Church of the Woods? 
  • Featured story: September 28 - services beginning at Church of the Woods!
  • Pilgrimage for Earth 
A Message from Steve 

Dear Friend,

It is a pleasure to welcome you to this first edition of EarthTime, a newsletter from Kairos Earth – and to invite you to become a part of our new vision and community.

As many of you know, over the past five years I’ve been on a journey seeking a deeper way of caring for the Earth and living into a new understanding of myself as a religious person and Episcopal priest.

Kairos Earth is the fruit of that quest. We are a growing community of people committed to rekindling a religious sensibility to conserve the Earth and her creatures and to re-discovering a spiritual practice rooted in Nature.

Kairos is an ancient Greek word meaning "time" in the sense, the time has come. At Kairos Earth, we believe the time has come to form a new relationship between people and the Earth – a relationship rooted in sacred love and care, lived out through both spiritual practice and practical action. 

Why? In the words of the poet Gerard Manley Hopkins, “The world is charged with the grandeur of God,” – and yet the environmental movement has forgotten how to speak the language of sacredness. The Bible says, repeatedly, Jesus “went up the mountain by himself to pray.” (Matthew 14:23) – and yet Christianity and most western religious traditions have ignored or forgotten this most basic spiritual practice.

The time has come to restore the link between caring for and communing with the Earth as two facets of a single purpose and practice - and to form a community of people working together toward this vision.

Please read on and check out our website - I hope you will become a part of our community - and please do get in touch with your thoughts, comments, and questions. 

I look forward to hearing from you!


The Rev. Stephen Blackmer

P.S. For some of you this is an update and for others, a whole new Steve... For more on how I have evolved from conservation advocate to eco-priest, here’s the story.
“No important change in ethics was ever accomplished without an internal change in our intellectual emphasis, loyalties, affections, and convictions. The proof that conservation has not yet touched these foundations of conduct lies in the fact that philosophy and religion have not yet heard of it. In our attempt to make conservation easy, we have made it trivial.” 
Ecologist Aldo Leopold, The Sand County Almanac
What is Church of the Woods? 

Here are a few lines from an essay addressing that very question:
Barred owl, pileated woodpecker, short-tailed ermine.

Bracken fern, sphagnum moss, princess pine.
White pine, black birch, red maple, beech.
Blueberry, winterberry, blackberry.
Dragonfly, ant, mosquito, mayfly...

I can see or touch all of these within a few feet of where I am sitting. It's a Wednesday morning. The sun is shining, the air is cool and dry, the trees are in full leaf, the birds are singing. All in all, it's a gorgeous day to be...

In church?

Well, actually, yes. In fact, many of my neighbors - some of them mentioned above - are here, too. We are all rejoicing in this day the Lord has made. I'm not really doing anything in church - just being here. There's no printed text, no procession, no altar, no prayer book. Just miracles in every direction. And me, the lone human being this morning, as witness and reporter, liturgist and priest.


You can read the full piece here. Visit the Church of the Woods page on our website for more information. In the meantime, read on for more happenings - recent and yet to come! 

Church of the Woods Services Begin!

September 28, 3:00 - 5:00

2nd & 4th Sundays thereafter

Join us!

If you've ever thought, "My church is in the woods/ mountains/ prairie," then you have touched on the core of what we're doing.

Church of the Woods is a new kind of church, one which intends to crack open the very idea of what it means to be "church." It is an experiment that will be shaped and informed by you and others who join us.

Come, and bring your questions, ideas, longings, dreams, hopes, and more! 

Our gatherings begin with a brief reading followed by a walking meditation in the woods. We then come together for shared reflections, singing, and a simple service of the eucharist. 
All are welcome to participate - feel free to come and go as you are moved.

Church of the Woods is rooted in the Christian tradition but is fully open to learning from and engaging with other faith traditions and beliefs. We welcome all - the woods speak to everyone!

We hope to see you there! 

Services will be held on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of each month. A full calendar is available on our website

Church of the Woods is located at 92 Foster Road in Canterbury, NH. Directions and a map can be found here

(Please note: the driveway leading up to Church of the Woods is rough, but very passable! Parking is available in the clearing at the end of the drive. Come dressed for the weather - rain, shine, or snow - and to be in the woods.)
Pilgrimage for Earth: June 26-29 2014

Based on the framework of Holy Week, the Pilgrimage for Earth was a four-day event which brought together participants from across the country to heal the Earth community through undertaking a sacred journey - a pilgrimage - from loss to hope. You can find more information about the Pilgrimage here

The Pilgrimage began with the inauguration of Church of the Woods! After a warm Shaker welcome-in-song from the Canterbury Singers, Pilgrims participated in tree planting, foot washing, and a simple Eucharistic service and meal. 

Several images are included below. You can see more here
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